City critic weighs run for council – Rocky Mount Telegram

The Political Agitator’s response: This dude right here is hilarious. Cunning says “Lots of friends and acquaintances ask him to run.” Really! He has teamed up with some Special Cs  who have a problem with Andre Knight and Reuben Blackwell so Cunning is their goofer along with Tarrick Pittman. Cunning, Pittman and Kevin Jones are using kids to attempt to get on the council. The white candidate Sandy Roberson is using kids to push his agenda as well. These folk can’t even vote for them. They can give them a few dollars but unless those dollars can buy black folk votes, then they will come out looking as ignant as they sound. Rev. Richard Joyner has done a good job since he has been on the council. The car wash last week I bet if the truth be made known the $3000 raised probably came from the Special Cs donations because the car wash was free and was not a fee set like most car wash fundraisers are done. The mess about taking children to the beach is as hilarious as it get. Take the children to the beach, come back and do what? They will come back to a city where some Special Cs are trying to hold them right where they are. Want to impress somebody do something that will make a damn difference such as asking why the damn Pizza Inn closed? Some of these kids can’t past the wall to Hunter Hill to get to that Pizza Inn talking about going to the beach. These kids have limited places to go to on the Edgecombe County side so tell them to advocate for a grocery store at the Crossing at 64 and other things on the Edgecombe County side. When these Special Cs show me they can influence good white folk to put some businesses on there other side of the wall from where they live, then black folk will be able to see what they call unity and Love Rocky Mount as they have began a campaign. I refuse to be silent by allowing these Special Cs and the Ignant Safe Black Folk who are helping them push their agenda against what I have been advocating for for my family and friends that live in Rocky Mount where I have worked for the past 32 years. Gwen Wilkins announced she was running and not one comment on the Telegram but they are talking s…. about her on the Special Cs geared social media sites. She thought when she went after Andre Knight that they were going to love her. Nope they compared her to him. She Unfriended me on Facebook so I guess she has blocked my phone number so we can talk anymore as well. Cunning, Pittman, Jones and Gwen I ain’t your enemy but you gonna find out who the real enemies are.

An often outspoken opponent of some council members says he is strongly considering a run for a seat on the Rocky Mount City Council.

Johnny Cunningham, a well-known advocate for impoverished communities, rehabilitated housing and a frequent speaker at City Council meetings, has his eyes set on the council’s Ward 3 seat.

The seat is held by Richard Joyner, who was appointed to the position last year after Lamont Wiggins stepped down when he was appointed to be a Superior Court judge.

The City Council chose Joyner over four other candidates: Bronson Williams, Gwen Wilkins, Nellene Richardson and Tamisha Patterson.

Williams is running for mayor. Wilkins has announced a campaign for the Ward 3 seat. Richardson has expressed interest in running in Ward 3 as well. Patterson’s political plans aren’t immediately clear.

Cunningham said in a crowded field, he’s the best choice.

“Lots of friends and acquaintances come up to me and ask me to run, so I’m giving it a lot of thought and prayer,” he said. (Read more)


Earlier In The Week I Responded To The Following, “Tarrick Pittman – A Fine Man For Ward 1 and Rocky Mount – Things You Need to Know”

I responded to Tarrick Pittman – A Fine Man For Ward 1 and Rocky Mount – Things You Need to Know” on Tarrick Pittman’s post that came across my newsfeed. I would have commented on the author of the post on the following page Main Street Rocky Mount by Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin but she would not have approved it.

The problem I have is Stepheny has an issue with Rocky Mount City Council and staff and has been trying to turn folk against them. But now trying to tell black folk who is good for them when she don’t give a damn about Tarrick but only supporting him because he is running against Andre Knight. So since she is mad and supporting the half-trues written by Lindell John Kay Rocky Mount Telegram Reporter, the lies on social media pages such as the Rocky Mount Concerned Citizens, Community Council, Keith Harris some others and on WHIG-TV. I say lies because look at the articles written by the newspaper and see how the wording is done to create a false narrative of what was actually stated at the meetings that would be more positive than negative. But my videos tell the whole story.

My question is why do these folk in the white community think they should be telling black folk who is best to represent them just because they are mad with Andre Knight. Mad because he is vocal and do not bow down to them. How many articles have you seen black folk write about who white folk should support to represent them. Hell I don’t want to see Lige Daughtridge on the council but copy and post one article I have posted about white folk shouldn’t support Lige in their ward. What I have said and will continue to say is that Lige is mad and has been putting out half-trues as well.

My response to the following:

Black folk ya’ll better recognize what is going on in Rocky Mount.

It is about 2 things. CONTROL & POWER!

They don’t want Tarrick but know a white person can’t win.

They are just against Andre Knight.

Yep the offering of $50,000 to run against Andre is real per my resources.

Damn shame.

Why would Tarrick Pittman be associated with some of these Special Cs?


Tarrick Pittman – A Fine Man For Ward 1 and Rocky Mount – Things You Need to Know

    “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” ……

  • Tarrick Pittman
    50,000 Wow! That is not true and you should be ashamed for spreading that lie. Tell the people who gave it to me and show the paperwork. Don’t spread false information out of fear. Black folks you better wake up and don’t listen to this noise!

    • Curmilus Butch Dancy II

      Curmilus Butch Dancy II Tarrick Pittman I didn’t say they offered you that sir.
      I repeat I did not say they gave or offered it to you.
      I would not say they gave you anything if I couldn’t prove it, I don’t operate like that.
      No noise here.
      I only said why would you associate with these Special CS and when I put up the video this evening, I am going to explain why I say that.
      Sir again didn’t say you received the funds so you can stop that right.
      I repeat it is real per sources.

    • Tarrick Pittman

      Tarrick Pittman Curmilus Butch Dancy II I’m here to tell you it is not correct information. A complete fabrication. I’ve never taken that much money from anyone, not even in business. C’mon now. Seriously? You’re suppose to be so pro black. How is it that you can attempt to tear down another black man with lies.

    • Curmilus Butch Dancy II

      Curmilus Butch Dancy II Tarrick Pittman Again I repeat there is nothing in my post saying you or another person accepted money. I stressed my trusted resources said it was put on the table.
      Again I stressed I don’t know how you associate with certain folk and my video from the meeting last night I am going to prove my point.
      For the record since you question my motive, I question how you as a black man is sitting back not saying anything while your associates lie, lie, lie. Bro for me that makes you a dangerous man in my opinion, I repeat in my opinion.

    • Tarrick Pittman

      Tarrick Pittman Curmilus Butch Dancy II What associate is that? Samuel Battle? I talk to everyone and will learn from anyone. I spoke with everyone at the meeting last night including walking over to you to shake your hand. I don’t harbor the hate that you do. Once again, stop assuming I’m some naieve black man bought and paid for. It’s far from the truth.

    • Curmilus Butch Dancy II

      Curmilus Butch Dancy II Tarrick Pittman hell no don’t name names I will do that when I provide the video.
      I have no problem with Samuel Battle however I only know of him.…
      See More

    • Curmilus Butch Dancy II

      Curmilus Butch Dancy II Tarrick Pittman oh I harbor hate? You beginning to sound just like your associates them Special Cs I have already called out over the past several months.
      When I speak trues about you or whomever that is not tearing you down but making the truth known.
      Again I have not stated a negative about you.
      Copy and paste where I have stated you have received money from anyone.
      Bro let’s keep it real.
      Don’t try to speak for me nor paint a picture of me because I am a Professional Community and Political Agitator and my record speaks for itself. It is documented.
      Bro continue to do you but don’t throw out mess about the current council members and staff such as that transparent bulls… and other.
      You came up to me last night and spoke what up Watch Dog and I stood up and we hugged. Bro hell I didn’t even know who you were and had to ask somebody.

    Curmilus Butch Dancy II

  • Kevin Pierce

    Kevin Pierce Maybe he’s associated with everyone because he’s not looking through colored glasses. Just my opinion which I’m sure doesn’t mean much.

    • Curmilus Butch Dancy II

      Curmilus Butch Dancy II Kevin Pierce why in the hell are you attempting to speak for him, you just proved my point.
      So this is why you are trolling my page. But I got a fix for that.

    Curmilus Butch Dancy II

  • Ruth Boddie Davis

    Ruth Boddie Davis Oh wow, as if we don’t already have enuff problems, what’s this guy suppose to do, re invent the wheel?

    • Curmilus Butch Dancy II

      Curmilus Butch Dancy II Ruth Boddie Davis Damn shame if you ask me!

    • Tarrick Pittman

      Tarrick Pittman Ruth Boddie Davis Nope, put new tires on it so it can ride better

    • Curmilus Butch Dancy II

      Curmilus Butch Dancy II Tarrick Pittman New tires can have a defect.

    • Ruth Boddie Davis

      Ruth Boddie Davis Tarrick Pittman if you’re so concerned about the City why not throw your ideas and assistance behind Andre, he’s one of the hardest working people in this City. But like everybody else including your President it’s not the City you wanna help it’s the POWER you wanna gain. Myself like Butch have never tried to get elected, we throw our HELP behind the person that’s doing a good job, Anyway you don’t have to worry about my vote 1 way or the other because I don’t live in your district. Just remember if you do win, wear armor cause you are gonna get stones thrown at cha

    • Tarrick Pittman

      Tarrick Pittman Ruth Boddie Davis Obviously you don’t know me or you would know I don’t care about power. I care about my community. I just happen to think that we need new fresh ideas. I don’t hate my opponent. How about asking him that question. Why he never reached out to work with me

    • Curmilus Butch Dancy II

      Curmilus Butch Dancy II Tarrick Pittman damn Power comes with the position. So if you don’t want power, then what the hell you in it for?
      What makes you special that
      Andre Knight need to reach out to you?

    • Ruth Boddie Davis

      Ruth Boddie Davis Curmilus Butch Dancy II Amen!!! He’s right I don’t know him but I’m sure I get to know him when his name becomes a household word, not for what you’re doing but what these folks think You aren’t doing. If Andre was a good councilman, I’d say go for it but the PROBLEM is Andre is NOT afraid to speak out and speak up.

    • Ruth Boddie Davis

      Ruth Boddie Davis Curmilus Butch Dancy II

      • Ruth Boddie Davis
    • Ruth Boddie Davis Tarrick Pittman, why don’t you share your ideas with him? Or is it his title you want.


    • Curmilus Butch Dancy II
  • Curmilus Butch Dancy II I am reminded the year I ran for school board and some white guys and a retired black principal wanted to finance my campaign. Oh hell knaw!
    Don’t get it twisted, there are some whites I work with but I don’t work with those who lie on black and white folk when I know they are lying.

  • Delia Perkins

    Delia Perkins Somebody going to jail.

  • Curmilus Butch Dancy II

    Curmilus Butch Dancy II I didn’t say Tarrick Pittman received $50,000 I said it has been offered per my resources.

    I said I don’t know why Tarrick is associated with some Special Cs. Those Special Cs are Lige Daughtridge, Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin, WHIG-TV, Rocky Mount Concerned Citizens, Keith Harris and some others who are PROMOTING him Publicly to run against Andre Knight.

    These folk have been lying on the Council, City Staff and others.

    I got some inboxes stating that I didn’t say Tarrick took money from anyone that I was stating what I heard and what they heard that $50000 has been put on the table.
    I am ignant but unless I could prove who would except the offer I would not give a name. Names have been floating about who is making the offer and who have been offered so if I knew for a fact that Tarrick has been offered I would say say. So folk don’t get it twisted.

Tarrick Dinell Pittman Has Been Chosen By The Special Cs To Attempt To Unseat Andre Knight Because He Is Not A Safe Young Black Man

In response to, “Business owner seeks Ward 1 seat”

I can tell the following interview was probably coached by Lindell Kay and some Special Cs using certain words and phrases to critique to try to hit the right points.

I agree with Tarrick Pittman that Andre Knight is a good man and Andre and myself have our differences as well. Hell everyone should have some differences so that is a good thing. I agree some may not like him. I would say the majority don’t like him simply because they are listening to what the Special Cs and some Ignant Safe Black Folk are saying about him when they don’t even know him. I know that to be fact because I run into folk all the time that talk about the man and I say do you know the man? They say no. Tarrick is ab so damn lute ly correct you cannot take away from his years of service to the city. However that is bull when Tarrick says and the black community. What Andre has done not only been good for the black community but everyone benefits directly and/or indirectly. Some folk will not get that but you will get it when Andre begin his campaign.

Tarrick said he and Knight both want the best for the community and share some of the same beliefs. I hate generic statements especially when it comes to folk speaking about politics dealing with other folk lives. Andre has been in office so I know what he has done and continue to do but I am having a hard time trying to figure out what is it that Tarrick want to do and especially his beliefs.

The following statement, “I think my opponent will still have a valuable role in the community working with the NAACP.” Really? Goes to show that you have no clue about activism and the role of the NAACP because there are elected officials across the state and nation that are members of the NAACP and hold offices in the NAACP. That bull comes from the Special Cs having a problem with Andre being the NAACP President and they just mad!

I find the following to be ignant as hell.

But community activism hasn’t gotten much done in Ward 1 over the past 17 years, Pittman said.

“Just ride through Ward 1 and take a look for yourself,” Pittman said. “If your quality of life and your neighborhood is safer now than it was 17 years ago, vote for my opponent.

Tarrick tell us what took place in the Ward 17 years ago that you are referring to and then that could be answered, but to throw out generic bull is a play on words.

Tarrick said, “However, if you live in the real world and are looking to improve your community with bettertschools for your kids, safer streets and job creation through a focus on entrepreneurship and developing small businesses — then I’m your guy and would love your vote to make those things happen.”

Well damn 1st of all the schools have school board members and Rocky Mount has a black majority school board. Have you been to a school board meeting? I don’t remember seeing you at any that we attended nor have I heard or read you make any statements about the school board meetings over the years the NAACP has been involved.

Tarrick because of some Special Cs they had a big mess about Rocky Mount City Council giving money to the Nash-Rocky Mount School system. Andre and the councilmembers fought the group that stopped them from giving money.

The Chamber and other groups should be the ones to create entrepreneurship and developing small businesses because that is what they do. That is not the role of the city council.

Wow! I find the following to be too funny. Pittman said he’s running for City Council because he wants to make a difference in his community.

“I have thought about the idea of running for a few years now,” Pittman said. “I have lived on Woodland Avenue over the last year and have experienced first-hand the hardships that plaque Ward 1.”

Tarrick what have you done over the past year? Have you attended a NAACP meeting and shared your concerns? Have you attended the council meetings and spoke out on issues in your neighborhood? What hardships plaque the ward? Again the use of generic words.

Pittman said he’s lived across the street from the redevelopment Knight mentioned in last Sunday’s Telegram.

“I had a neighbor last year move in one of those beautiful properties — a hard-working single mother,” Pittman said. “A week after she moved in, her home was broken into. While I commend the council for their efforts, without getting a stranglehold on crime all that will go to waste.”

Damn the above statement bout a woman property was broken into I am trying to understand what the hell has that got to do with Andre? He didn’t break into her property. He is not a police to deal with the reaction because he damn sure couldn’t be proactive unless he knew that someone was going to break into the property.

Drugs, crime, prostitution and gang activity plague Ward 1, Pittman said.

Drugs, crime, prostitution and gang activity plaque all wards and if an issue not only in Rocky Mount. So why in the hell did you move from Ward 3 if you have such a damn problem with what is going on in Ward 1?

“Where we have made some tremendous gains in downtown development over the years, which I support, we cannot forget our neighborhoods are in dire need of help,” Pittman said.

Ward 1 is predominantly black.

“It is important that we invest in ourselves and our communities,” Pittman said. “This is why black entrepreneurship is important. I have been talking with developers and investors over the last year about ways we can promote and develop a greater presence of black-owned businesses in Ward 1. Not just downtown, but all along the Raleigh Boulevard corridor. These are black neighborhoods and the goods and services should be controlled by people that look like them. I shouldn’t have to by my hair care products from someone that doesn’t have hair like me. We should be selling the products.”

So what in the hell does Andre have to do with the above you mentioned? I read on Facebook last night where you posted that you looked at the North Carolina and Duke game at your sister’s Wing business in Raleigh and you are trying to get her to move into Ward 1 in Rocky Mount. Really, so that is the problem solved one business and that will create how many jobs?

Tarrick Andre has been working with others especially Joyce Dickens who has been trying to make the development happen off of 64 highway by Bo Jangles. Well with the growth all around that area, I see the fight Joyce, Andre and others have been fighting for will become a reality soon because that is a prime location between the Event Center and Kingsboro Empire where QVC and Kanban are located now but with the Tire Plant, Corning and other is coming it is about to get real in Ward 1. You ain’t ignant you see it coming.

I am trying to figure out what the hell you are talking about when you say, “Such a set-up would keep revenue in Ward 1 and help with the high unemployment rate, Pittman said.”

“It will also give the people of Ward 1 a sense of pride to be able to control the goods flowing through their community,” Pittman said. “This will give young people an opportunity to see someone like them running a business, which will hopefully inspire them to do the same.”

Damn this is not the role of the city council. That bull is a play upon folk intelligence because that ain’t nothing but talk. Tell us what councilmember over the years have done the above as a council member. For example, Reuben Blackwell is the E.D. of OIC but to say that because he is on the city council that is why he is doing what he do as it relates to what a damn great job he is doing with OIC would be a lie. My point is what he is doing at OIC don’t have a damn thing to do with his role on the city council.

Pittman said he wants his entrepreneurial endeavor to be a blueprint for young black business owners. Pittman has ran his computer repair shop on the Douglas Block for six years. He’s president of the Downtown Merchants Association and also serves on the city’s Central City Revitalization Panel.

Tarrick I hear some things about Computer Geek but I will not go there. So what have you done being President of the Downtown Merchant Association and serving on the city’s Central City Revitalization Panel? How many jobs have you created within your business and outside of your business?

“We need more shopping centers, stores and restaurants in Ward 1,” Pittman said, “in all of Edgecombe County Rocky Mount.”

For far too long, Ward 1 residents have seen businesses leave the community — never to return.

Damn to make it appear that Andre have not spoken out about businesses coming to Ward 1 is too ignant. But as a city councilman he has no control over business coming and businesses leaving. How many businesses have you brought downtown and how many have you kept from leaving?

“You can’t expect a community activist to recruit small businesses in your community,” Pittman said. “If they won’t come to us, we must create our own.”

Damn Tarrick has contradicted the role of community activist as it relates to recruiting small business and saying if they won’t come to the area, then must create our own. Damn what have he created because he damn sure ain’t going to create it through the city council.

Pittman said that for far too long, city residents have given the county line — and people who choose to use it — too much power in defining the community.

“I choose to see it as what binds as together,” Pittman said. “We are one Rocky Mount.”

Damn one Rocky Mount. Now that is about as ignant as it get. The Rocky Mount Telegram, Community Council, Fighting Crime, Rocky Mount Concerned Citizens, Rocky Mount Way Back Then and some of these Special Cs social media pages remind folk daily that it is no such thing as a One Rocky Mount. Lies are being told every day 24 – 7. You are contributing to them with this mess right here helping them to push their agenda.

If black folk in Ward 1 fall for this mess right here, then they may as well get ready to have no voice on the city council because while you are working on your and the Special Cs agenda they will have no hope.

Black folk in Ward 1 y’all better stay woke. You better recognize what is going on how the Special Cs are trying to get Andre Knight out of Ward 1 so they can take Rocky Mount back. You see they can’t pick up the phone and make a phone call and tell city hall to do this and do that. They have no power over what goes where in the city. It is all about holding Edgecombe County right where they are and economics.

The Special Cs know that Edgecombe County Ward 1 is about to take off and they are trying everything they possibly can to keep black folk from getting anything because they act as if they are the only ones paying taxes.

I know the story because I have been working in Rocky Mount for the past 32 years. I have been following Rocky Mount Politics, Edgecombe and Nash Politics since the late 80’s and I will challenge anyone when it comes to what Andre has done before he became a councilman and what they say he ain’t done since he has been speaking truth to power and making things happen.

Common sense should tell you that if he was not doing something they would not be trying to unseat him. You don’t bother folk who ain’t doing anything. Andre is doing some things but it ain’t what the Special Cs want him to do and that is to keep black folk right where they are.

I Heard That Tarrick Dinell Pittman Has Moved Out Of Ward 3 Rev. Richard Joyner’s Ward Into Ward 1 Rev. Andre Knight’s Ward

I heard that Lindell Kay met with Tarrick Dinell Pittman on Thursday March 7 to do an interview about his campaign kickoff to be ran in the Sunday Rocky Mount Telegram.

I read that Tarrick Dinell Pittman voter’s registration and he is listed as Unaffiliated. I heard he has moved from Ward 3 to run against Andre Knight. Some Special Cs are saying that Tarrick is running is in Ward 1 and he actually lives there. What they forgot to say is he just moved there because on the Board of Elections Website his voter registration has not been updated yet.

I heard that Tarrick Dinell Pittman is running per some Special Cs. I heard that Tarrick is supported by the Republican candidate for Mayor Sandy Roberson a millionaire and he will be contributing a huge amount of funds to Tarrick’s campaign. Campaign finance report will validate how much is contributed.

I have talked to some folk who have been in Tarrick’s presence and they said he is anti Andre Knight. I heard that Tarrick didn’t say anything negative about Andre in his interview so if that be the case, what in the hell is he running for other than because he is representing the Special C audience that is just mad as hell. they want to see Andre fired. Damn that ain’t right I had a Trump moment, “You are fired!” They want Andre voted out.

It is a damn shame when Ignant Safe Black Folk forget who helped them along the way but just because they did some ignant mess, they turn on those who helped them but try to discredit the helper. It is no secret there has been some issues with Tarrick as it relates to his business downtown and he was in the papers addressing it.

I have been actively engaged in Edgecombe County Politics since the late 80’s serving on the Edgecombe County Democratic Party where I currently serve as a Precinct Chair and serve on the Edgecombe County Executive Committee. Hell yeah I keep a pulse on Democrats and especially candidates who want to run and make decisions that affect me and others in the county. Since Tarrick has moved from Nash County to Edgecombe County, well I am going to hold him accountable for his actions during the campaign process just like I have done others over the years and continue to do.

I will be waiting patiently until Sunday to see what came out of the interview.